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Lebanon Prayer: Where to Turn?

God, Lebanon has many ills; where should its help come from? International lenders hold promise of debt relief, if only Lebanon will help itself—and reform. Western nations hold promise of investment, if only Lebanon will help itself—and reform. A Sunni political power hints Lebanon could help itself—if he returns. A Shiite political power hints Lebanon […]

Will International Religious Freedom Survive the Trump Administration?

On June 2, as protests over the death of George Floyd raged across the United States, President Donald Trump elevated the stature of religious freedom within the State Department. “Religious freedom for all people worldwide is a foreign policy priority,” read the executive order (EO) he signed, “and the United States will respect and vigorously […]

Israel Orders Christian TV Channel to Stop Broadcasting

Israeli regulators on Sunday announced they ordered a US-based evangelical broadcaster taken off the air, saying the channel hid its missionary agenda when it applied for a license. In his decision, Asher Biton, chairman of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, said he had informed GOD TV on Thursday last week that it had seven […]

Can Hagia Sophia Become a Mosque? Turkish Court Will Soon Decide

After 85 years as a museum, the Hagia Sophia is poised to once again become a mosque. Might it also again become a church? A Turkish court is scheduled to rule on July 2 if the iconic Byzantine basilica can be opened for Muslim worship. Built in 537 by Emperor Justinian, in 1453 the Ottoman […]

Do Catholics Care about Persecuted Christians?

For the first time, American legislation in defense of international religious freedom has reached into the Chinese Politburo. Last week, President Donald Trump signed into law a bill to authorize sanctions against any officials in China’s top political body responsible for ongoing persecution against the country’s Muslim Uighur minority. Passed by Congress with only one […]

The Middle East Needs America to Reconcile

Lebanese Voices: This post was submitted by Rev. Joseph Kassab, president of the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Current demonstrations in the United States have exposed a rift in society, very similar to the gaps found in the Middle East. In both regions, governments have failed to guide their pluralistic […]


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